2016 Doomben Cup Tips and Betting Preview

May 20th, 2016

Ten runners have been confirmed for Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m); offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.

It's Somewhat represents great value in 2016 Doomben Cup betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

It’s Somewhat represents great value in 2016 Doomben Cup betting markets. Photo: Steve Hart

Hauraki has remained a steady $3.50 favourite in 2016 Doomben Cup betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au, ahead of It’s Somewhat ($5.50) and kiwi raider Volkstok’n’Barrell ($6).

Will Hauraki justify favouritism and win the 2016 Doomben Cup, or will one of his talented rivals post an upset?

1st

Spiritjim ($10)

European import Spiritjim has taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run for seventh in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) a fortnight ago, will relish a step-up in distance and is more than worth consideration for a bet at current $10 Doomben Cup odds. A standout in his native France in 2015, Spiritjim ran fourth in the Group 2 Prix Maurice De Nieuil (2800m) and second in the Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy (2400m) before taking his place in the famed Group 1 Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe (2400m); albeit an unsuccessful run. Drawn ideally in barrier 3, the Galileo entire has been confirmed to be partnered by leading hoop Hugh Bowman.

2nd

It’s Somewhat ($5.50)

Godolphin runner It’s Somewhat was luckless in transit when fifth in the Hollindale Stakes last time, but is more than up to the class of the Doomben Cup and is a leading contender for a first three finish. Resuming this time for sixth in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m), the Dynaformer gelding charged home to win the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 12th before repeating the dose in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) a fortnight later. Leading local hoop Damian Browne retains the ride on It’s Somewhat in the Doomben Cup, who will leave from barrier 9.

3rd

Hauraki ($3.50)

Hauraki has returned to racing in slick form this time, but has been unable to return to winning form in more than a year leading into the Doomben Cup. Running third each of the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m), the Reset gelding ran a close second in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) but was unable to fire in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 of The Championships. Having run on well for second in the Hollindale Stakes last time, Hauraki should find a good position from the outside from the rails draw and will be partnered by James McDonald.

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